Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow. If I happened to have some powdered tempera around, I might try this charming rainy day art project from Arts and Activities magazine, September 1969.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the annual San Diego Youth Art Month (YAM) show. I saw some gorgeous artworks – here are a few that caught my eye.
Playing card collage
Corrugated Cardboard portrait collage
Clipper ship watercolor and print
Collagraph printed in rainbow ink
These plaster masks are from our school! Congrats to Camille (1st place elementary 3D), Olive (2nd place), Morgan (3rd place), Caroline and Santiago.
This is exquisite. In the art room, this could be adapted as an early finisher activity if you hand out an elephant line drawing as a coloring page.
Dia de Los Muertos cut paper art
This piece is by a former student, now in high school! So glad she is still enjoying art.
Thanks to the San Diego Art Institute and the San Diego County Art Education Association for a fabulous YAM show.
MoMA’s free online course ‘Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom’ will begin Monday, March 3, 2014. Four week course, begins 3/3/14. Workload: 1-2 hours/week
Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom
taught by Lisa Mazzola
Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.
About the CourseIntended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We’ll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.
What to Expect:
If you want a fun, colorful Valentines day craft project, try Shrinky Dinks!
What? You’ve never tried Shrinky Dinks? They are sheets of thin plastic. You color, cut and bake them. When baked, they shrink to 1/3 the size! They have been popular since the 1970s and kids LOVE them. Watch this brief video to see how they work.
- Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic – 8 x 10 inches – Set of 10 – Frosted (available at Michael’s)
- colored pencils
- optional: hole punch, magnets, pin backs
Cut and Color
Option 1) Cut each sheet of plastic into quarters (I do this on the paper cutter) and distribute. Students draw a heart, color it on the frosted side with colored pencils, and cut it out themselves. The heart necklace above was made this way.
Option 2) Adult pre-cuts the hearts and distributes. Students color with colored pencils. All the heart pins in the photo above were made this way (with the help of a parent volunteer).
Bake at 325F
Then bake in a toaster oven or regular oven at 325 degrees F for about three minutes. Tip: watch the shrinky dinks through the oven window. They need to curl up and then flatten. Don’t take them out before they’ve flattened! We let them flatten, count to 30 and then remove from the oven.
For this project, one of our teachers brought her toaster oven to school and called her students two by two to watch their valentines shrink. THEY LOVED IT!
Necklace, Pin or Magnet
For a necklace, punch with a hole punch BEFORE baking. For a pin, hot glue on a pin back after baking. You can use magnetic tape or hot glue on a magnet.
Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Throwback Thursday! Stop by on Thursdays to see ‘old school’ art projects!